Seven First Half Goals From No. 9 Adelphi Helps Sink Mocs at Home

Seven First Half Goals From No. 9 Adelphi Helps Sink Mocs at Home

LAKELAND - Florida Southern couldn't overcome a flurry of six consecutive goals from Adelphi in the first half as they fell 15-8 to the ninth-ranked Panthers in non-conference action at Bryant Stadium.

With the setback, the Moccasins, who earned votes in this week's latest USILA/Nike Division II Coaches' Poll, fell to 2-2 on the season, while Adelphi improved to 1-1 on the year.

Monday's game was the second of a season long 11 game homestand for the Mocs as they opened the homestand with a 9-8 overtime win on Friday over Walsh.

Against Adelphi, the Mocs jumped on the board first as they used a goal from sophomore midfielder Cody Gray (Riverview, Fla.) nearly two minutes into the game. The goal was the eighth of season for Gray, who scored the game winning goal in the win over Walsh. 

Adelphi tied the game nearly 90 seconds later as Shane Deboer scored the Panthers first goal of the game. 

The next 18minutes of the game belonged to the Panthers as they scored two goals in a span 39 seconds in the first quarter to take a 3-2 lead. The second goal was a man-up goal by Gordon Purdie, Jr., with 2:53 left in the opening period.

In the second quarter, Adelphi scored four consecutive goals to take a 7-2 lead at the half. 

The Mocs, though, opened the third period with back-to-back goals from freshman attacker Kyle Silverstein (Smithtown, N.Y.) over a span of 91 seconds to pull within 7-4. Silverstein's first goal came on a man-up situation and his second came off an assist from junior attacker Tyler Kopen (Wynnewood, Pa.).

That would be as close as the Mocs would get as Adelphi would score seven straight goals to close the third quarter to push its lead to 14-4. Three of those seven goals were scored by Salvatore Tuttle, who was named the LT. Col. J.L. Turnbull Award (Division II Attakman of the Year) last season. Along with the three goals, Tuttle also assisted on three of Adelphi's four other goals in the period. For the game, Tuttle finished with nine points as he scored four goals and had five assists. 

FSC would stop the Panthers scoring run by finding the net three consecutive times to open the fourth quarter to pull within 14-7.

Sophomore midfielder Lucas Claude (Calgary, Alberta) got the scoring started just 59 seconds into the quarter off an assist by freshman midfielder Nick Gutmann (Long Island, N.Y.). The next two goals were scored by junior attacker Cody Dyer (Slingerlands, N.Y.), who had now scored a team high 10 goals on the season.

After Adelphi's Stephen Beckwith pushed the Panthers lead to 15-7 following a goal with 3:50 left, before Kopen concluded the scoring on a goal off a pass from Silverstein.

Dyer led the Mocs offense with three goals, while Claude and Silverstein each had two goals in the loss. Kopen finished with four points as he had three assists to go along with a goal. 

In addition to Tuttle, Adelphi also got three goals each from Cory Stavis and Purdie, Jr., and Tom Nuckel had two goals on the night. 

The Mocs were outshot, 45-38 and both teams recorded 42 ground balls. Dyer recorded 13 shots, while Silverstein, Claude and Kopen each had five. 

FSC's defense was paced by seven ground balls from junior goalie Matt Lalli (New Milford, Conn.), who also finished with 15 saves for the game. Lalli played a little over 58 minutes in the game in goal for the Mocs. 

Senior midfielder Tyler Novak (Holbrook, N.Y.) also recorded seven ground balls and caused three turnovers as the Mocs caused nine Panther turnovers in the game. Adelphi finished with 12 caused turnovers.

In the face-off circle, freshman Joseph Biondi, Jr., went 6-for-19, while junior midfielder Jack Pedernales (Charlotte, N.C.) went 3-for-4 on face-offs as FSC finished game 10-for-27. Adelphi was 17-for-27 as a team on face-offs, including John English going 14-for-20. 

John McGrath played 45 minutes in the pipes for the Panthers as he finished the game with eight saves and allowed four goals. Adelphi played a total of four goalies in the game, with three different goalies seeing action in the fourth period. 

The Mocs homestand will continue on Friday, Feb. 27 as they host Mars Hill in a 7 p.m. game at Bryant Stadium.